“Small museum with great short film about Haarlem history and interesting artifacts”
The museum is located in a former hospital, and the name of the hospital is still above the entrance door. The main collection is labelled mostly in Dutch, while the temporary exhibitions include English. Visitors can borrow information booklets in English, but if you don't want to read you should watch the movie first and walk around afterwards.This museum has a short 15 minute film (it is in Dutch or English) about the history of Haarlem that gives you great background information for a walk through town or a stroll along the paintings in the Frans Hals museum across the street. If you are combining your day with a visit to the Frans Hals, don't forget to ask for the combi-ticket, which gives you a discount. They have an old tower clock by Haarlem clock maker Pieter Klock and an old lockbox from the local children's orphanage. An odd exhibit is the model of the Great Bavo church made of matchsticks.
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